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Publication numberUS2223019 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 26, 1940
Filing dateDec 9, 1937
Priority dateDec 9, 1937
Publication numberUS 2223019 A, US 2223019A, US-A-2223019, US2223019 A, US2223019A
InventorsJohn R Gammeter
Original AssigneeGen Sports Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Apparatus for making playing ball centers
US 2223019 A
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Filed Dec. 9, 1937 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 FIG. I.

FIG. 2.

In l7 flwue/wtom 5mm R. GAMMETER NOV. 26, 1940. J R GAMMETER 2,223,019

APPARATUS FOR MAKING PLAYING BALL CENTERS Filed Dec. 9, 1937 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 ,n F IG, 3. I I6 1 4 7( IWMZM JOHN R. GAMMETER Nov. 26, 1940. J. R GAMMETER. 2,223,019

APPARATUS FOR MAKING PLAYING BALL CENTERS Filed Dec. 9, 1937 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 12 v I v v 3mm Joan R'GAMMETER Nov. 26, 1940. J. GAMMETER 9 APPARATUS FOR MAKING PLAYING BALL CENTERS Filed D80. 9, 1937 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 1mm JOHN R. GAMMETER Patented Nov. 26, 1940 APPARATUS roa MAKING PLAYING EAL John R. Gammeter, Akron, Ohio, assignor to GeneralSports, Inc., Chicago, 111., a corporation of Delaware Application December 9, 1937, Serial No. 178,915

1 Claim.

Heretofore, playing ball centers filled with liquids have been made by first making hollow rubber balls and then injecting the liquid therein with an injector needle, self-sealing rubber being used to close the needle opening upon its removal.

The general purpose of the present invention is to provide a procedure and apparatus whereby such liquid centers may be made by incorporating the liquid or incompressible fluid into the hollow rubber or like balls during the course of manufacture of said balls.

The foregoing and other purposes of the invention are attained by the method and apparatus illustrated in the accompanying drawings and described below. It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the specific procedure and apparatus shown and described.

Of the accompanying drawings:

Figure l is a plan view of a ball mold embodying the invention.

Figure 2 is a front edge elevation thereof.

Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional view of the mold as used for shaping sheets of rubber with the mold parts shown separated for sake of illustration.

30 Figure 4 is a similar view of the closed mold.

Figure 5 is a top plan view of a liquid ballcenter press.

Figure 6 is an elevation thereof partly in sec tion.

Figure '7 is an enlarged sectional view similar to Figure 6 showing the press closed to form the ball-centers, and

Figure 8 is an elevation partly in section of a finished ball center.

Referring to the drawings, the numeral Ill designates the lower section, I I the upper section and I2 the intermediate section of a hollow-ball mold of a type which is generally known but modified in structure for purposes of the present invention.

The modification consists essentially in providing the usual mold cavities in shiftable cavity members I3, I3 which are adapted to have a limited travel in bores in the mold sections ID and II, the cavity members I3 having shoulders I4 thereon adapted to engage shoulders I5 in the bores to limit shifting of the cavity members in one direction, pins It, IE on said cavity members and engaged in grooves IT, IT being provided to limit shifting of the cavity members I3 in the other direction. Pins I6 prevent the cavity members I3 from shifting past the faces of the mold parts 10 and II; shoulders I5 limit movement thereof out of the mold backs.

60 Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4 show the standard method of shaping plastic sheet rubber in a mold such as that shown to provide hemispherical ball portions of plastic rubber. Mold parts I0 and II are usuallywarmedand mold part I2 left cold for this operation. The mold parts are pressed together in a suitable platen press. The molds are then separated and mold part I2 removed. This is all standard practice and need not be described in detail in this specification.

For carrying out the present invention, a ball press is provided as illustrated in Figures 5 and. 6. This comprises a suitable vessel I8 which may be open at the topinto which mold IIl-II may be placed edge-wise, as shown with the mold members slightly separated, and in the vessel I8 there is arranged a press member I9 which may be operable by a screw 20 to press mold parts I0 and I I together as shown in Figure '7.

The molds Ill and II are designed as shown and as will be understood by skilled artisans to pinch the sheets of plastic rubber together and cut them off about the mold cavities to form hollow rubber balls. The liquid for the centers being in vessel I8 and portions being confined between the molds in the hollow balls thus formed is incompressible. Hence, to perform this pinching operation effectively after the liquid has become confined and to form perfect balls Without distortion, it is necessary to allow the cavity members I3 to be depressed relative to the mold faces which they do to an extent during the final pinching operations as has been illustrated in Figure 7. I

The mold I 0- is now removed from vessel I8 and the parts thereof separated and finished ball-centers 2I are removed therefrom. The ballcenters may be vulcanized in mold I0I I or after removal from said mold. Such a ball-center is shown in Figure 3 and may be incorporated in a ball structure in any suitable way.

Modifications of the invention may be resorted to without departing from the spirit thereof or the scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

A hollow ball mold for the purpose described having registering moldsections each containing one or more cavity members therein, shiftable with respect to the mold sections, a chamber for a liquid in which said mold sections may be submerged, and means for shifting said mold sections into mating cooperation with each other, said cavity members being relatively shiftable in the mold sections after the latter have moved into cooperation to compensate for the incompressibility of a liquid enclosed in said cavity members when the mold sections are moved into cooperation.


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US2537089 *Nov 2, 1946Jan 9, 1951Rempel EntprApparatus for producing hollow rubber or like articles
US3295710 *Jun 25, 1963Jan 3, 1967Rexall Drug ChemicalMultiple container package
US4447373 *Feb 16, 1982May 8, 1984The Procter & Gamble CompanyProcess for making filled articles from polymeric material
EP0086530A1 *Feb 4, 1983Aug 24, 1983THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANYA process for making filled articles from polymeric material
U.S. Classification425/233, 264/4, 264/294, 425/411, 264/153, 264/DIG.500
International ClassificationB29C51/00, B29C65/00, B29D99/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S264/50, B29D99/0042, B29C51/00, B29C65/00, B29L2031/54
European ClassificationB29D99/00G